The Hyundai Ioniq 5 lineup will expand next year with the introduction of the N performance model. We don’t know everything about that yet, but a new interview from drive.com.au with Hyundai executive technical advisor Albert Biermann providing some details about the upcoming electric crossover.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will use the automaker’s E-GMP architecture that also underpins the Kia EV6 GT, which makes 576 horsepower (420 kilowatts) from a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup. Biermann didn’t divulge Hyundai’s output, but he did say that it would be around 600 hp (441 kW), suggesting it could hit 620 hp 456 kW) or as low as 580 hp (427 kW). However, Hyundai has not yet completed its production.
Either way, it will be much faster than the Hyundai i30N, which took 5.5 seconds to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). The EV6 GT does it in 3.5 seconds, but that’s the easy part. The driving experience will be about how much of a smile the car puts on the driver’s face.
Biermann also revealed that the Hyundai crossover will also come with a Drift Mode, which is capable of sending most of the car’s power to the rear wheels for increased fun. While the EV will feature regenerative braking, Hyundai plans to install “strong friction brakes,” as well. According to Biermann, the Ioniq 5 N must pass the Nurburgring test designed for Hyundai’s N model.
The crossover should accept the unique styling that Hyundai has hidden in the test vehicles that our spy photographers have been looking at for the past few months. The N will feature a unique front bumper to set it apart from its non-N sibling. There’s a roof spoiler at the rear, and the model could get new taillight graphics. The car should come with Hyundai’s larger 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Hyundai announced that they will reveal the Ioniq 5 N in 2023. We don’t know when that will happen, but we expect it to be earlier in the year, so there’s a good chance the car could hit the market before 2024. Sure, but we hope to learn more. more about the EV in the months leading up to the reveal.